Donald Glover stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show last night as his rapper alter ego, Childish Gambino, where he talked leaving Community and his recent, much-discussed Instagram photos. Below, check out his performance of "Shadows" from Arsenio's couch.
Illustrator Sam Spratt did the covert art for Donald Glover/Childish Gambino’s latest mixtape, Royalty, but the project soon grew into a series of 10 Norman Rockwell-esque illustrations about the hip hop world. You know how doing the artwork for a hip hop album goes, sometimes these things just happen. I think we've all found ourselves unexpectedly creating beautiful Rockwell-esque hip hop paintings at one time or another. The 10 pieces in Sam Spratt's collection are available now. You can view the rest of the illustrations after the jump.
Donald Glover just released a new song under his hip hop moniker Childish Gambino called "Silk Pillow." It's notable because it was produced by and features rapping by famous Scientologist Beck. Depending on how you feel about Glover's rap skills/Beck's rap skills, this is either an awesome mashup of greats or an example of two talented people overreaching a little bit. In any case, you can listen to a stream of the track right here on Glover's website and decide for yourself.
In this 30 Rock webisode, it's fallen to Jack Donaghy to find a new act for the Super Bowl halftime show. If anyone can do it, he can – even while animated. Because he can make any business deal in any medium. "Lemon, I once persuaded the cast of Friends to do an tenth season via Morse code." P.S. Childish Gambino rapping over the Knight Rider theme song would make a dope halftime show and NBC should seriously consider it.
Full disclosure, I don't really know what it means to "go hard in the paint" but I know it's a rap thing and oh my god oh my god oh my god. I'm literally shivering with anticipation at how happy this preview of tomorrow's Community Christmas episode is going to make all of you. Especially you, Childish Gambino fans. Yeah.
It was announced over the summer that Donald Glover would only be appearing in five episodes of the fifth season of Community, which is set to return to NBC in early 2014. The speculation at the time was that Glover would be focusing more on his rap career; his alter ego Childish Gambino is releasing an album this winter. But in a series of deeply personal notes posted to Instagram yesterday, Glover alluded to his departure from the cult hit show, writing "I didn't leave Community to rap. I don't wanna rap. I wanted to be on my own." The notes also alluded to frustrations with his record label [...]
Yesterday, The Don of Gloves released his newest mixtape of hip hops, Royalty. You can download the album for free over here. It features some of music's biggest names: Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown, Beck, Nipsey Hussle, RZA, and Tina Fey. Waaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, what? Yep, Tina Fey drops a verse in the track above and finally answers the question: What color is your Prius, Tina?
In defiance of Pitchfork's emphatically low 1.6 rating of Childish Gambino's Camp, the site's readers voted the album number 18 on their list of the year's Top 50 Albums and number one for Most Underrated Album in their annual Readers Poll. Gambino also makes a showing in the categories for Best New Artist, Best Live Act, Best Musician Twitter, and Best Mixtape (for his EP). Huzzah! Comedians' rap is the rap of the people! Occupy Pitchfork! Okay, let's not get carried away.
Yikes. Pitchfork seriously gives it to comedy's rapper Childish Gambino with this review of Camp, rating it a 1.6 and calling it "one of the most uniquely unlikable rap records of this year (and most others)." The review criticizes the joke integrity of Gambino's "hashtag rap" (lines like "You can kiss my ass, Human Centipede"), but its main complaint is that in a post-Kanye rap landscape, the stereotype of the hard black rapper that Gambino rails against doesn't really exist anymore. This might be a legitimate concern for serious hip-hop fans, but luckily it probably won't stop comedy nerds from playing "Bonfire" over and over to psych us [...]
Ex-Community star Donald Glover put out this YouTube video this morning to announce the release of his new album under rap alter ego Childish Gambino. It's called Because the Internet, and it's set to come out sometime this winter. Check out a longer cut of the track from the video, "yaphet kotto", below:
At Coachella this weekend, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover aka Chilly Gumbo rapped and sang and jumped around for a seemingly endless sea of people, despite an apparent broken right foot. How did he break his foot? We’re hoping it has to do with whatever epic season finale Community has in store for us.
Unlike Donald Glover’s past and current shows, his stand-up specials, cultclassicfeature, sketch videos, and blockbuster cameos, his rap alter-ego Childish Gambino is not meant to funny. Gambino’s new record, Camp, is an outlet for all the thoughts and feelings that only get hinted at in the quadruple threat’s stand-up. These include growing up poor, being bullied, feeling misunderstood, and generally not having a place. In other words: serious shit. That didn’t stop Glover from penning some zingers that both lighten the mood and give his comedy fans something to hold on to as he rises to the [...]
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